foodExams are coming up soon. That means you need to get your memory working perfectly so you can retain all of the information you’ve learned throughout the year. These are some of the things you can start doing now to sharpen your memory skills. Eat right The foods you eat, and don’t eat, all have a major impact on your health and memory. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be an essential part of your diet. You should also avoid eating refined sugars and processed foods. Exercise Exercise encourages your body to pump blood to your brain. It’s recommended that you get at least 20 minutes of exercise five days a week. A brisk walk before you start studying for the day should be enough to get your blood flowing to your brain. Stop multitasking Multitasking has been used for years in an attempt to get a lot of work done in as short an amount of time as possible. But it’s been found that doing too many tasks at the same time actually slows you down, and makes your more likely to make mistakes and forget things. Have a good night’s sleep Sleeping is your body’s way of recovering from the day. Research has found that sleep can improve your performance when it comes to remembering information and completing challenging tasks. Play brain games When you don’t challenge your brain on a regular basis with new and surprising information, it can begin to deteriorate. By providing your brain with new information, you can counteract this process of deterioration. Try doing a word search, completing a crossword puzzle or figuring out a suduko. Master a new skill Engaging in activities which stimulate your neurological system can counter the effects of stress-related diseases. The task must be important to you and must hold your attention. An example could be learning a new language or completing a finance course. Try mnemonic devices Mnemonic devices are memory tools which you can use to remember information. They help you to organise information in as easy to remember way. Ideas to use include creating acronyms (Big Elephants Can Always Use Small Exits to help you spell “because”), visualisations (try picturing your groceries rather than remembering a shopping list), rhyming (create a funny rhyme or saying to help you remember something), or chunking (breaking information into smaller chunks to make it more simple to remember). Image: Pexels